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Regular Check-Up and Maintenance on Your Windows and Doors in Hanover, MA

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When you first purchase a home, you complete a pretty detailed walk through of the home to ensure everything is in great condition. Depending on when you moved in, it might have been awhile since you inspected your home with that same eagle eye.

Now that the colder weather has passed in Hanover, take some time to go through your home and inspect your windows and doors to check for any glaring maintenance issues. It’s quick, easy and it might save you money by uncovering areas that need maintenance.

Here are some tips from Pella in Hanover to help you conduct basic maintenance on your windows and doors:

  • Inspect the interior and exterior finishes – Check on the condition of the finish around your windows and doors. Is the paint or stain in good condition? Flaking and peeling are signs that you may need to refinish the unit.

  • Look at exterior surfaces – Condensation and water penetration can induce cracking, deteriorated wood or other damage. Keep an eye out for signs of moisture. You should also look at the walls, floors and ceilings for discoloration.

  • Find the source of any problems – If you notice any discoloration or signs of moisture; try to discover what’s causing the issue. Discolored wood around a window could be caused by a leak some distance away. In the case of roof leaks, sometimes the water can run down the inside of the wall and reach the window.

  • Clean window sills and tracks – Dirt and debris such as leaves, insects and sand can accumulate in your window sills. Open the windows and clean out the tracks with a soft brush. This should also be done on patio doors. Debris can diminish the performance of your windows by allowing air to enter the home.

  • Open and close windows to check on sliding – If it feels like your windows are sliding unevenly when you open and close them, try a non-oily lubricant such as paraffin wax on the opposing finishes to get it back on track.

  • Review weather stripping – All your windows and doors have weather stripping, and well, weather can be troublesome. Look for any loose strips that need to be reattached or replace sections that are torn.

  • Check locking mechanisms – Locks not only keep people out of your home, but they also help ensure your windows and doors are tight. This helps to keep out rain, wind, insects and even the hot air. Make sure they are working properly.

  • Look at caulking and sealants – Rain, water and extreme sunlight can be rough on exterior sealants and caulking. Pull off any damaged material around your doors and windows and reapply sealant.

If you see any signs of concerns with your home’s windows or doors, or you want to speak with a professional, call 781-826-8005 to speak with a Pella representative or visit the showroom in Hanover.